My Thoughts on: Love Triangles

Hello there :)

If you have been reading books the last 5 years or so, you might have noticed a recurring pattern in today’s young adult novels.

I have studied this pattern, and this is what I have come up with (I’m going to write it in red because it pisses me of):

Step 1: Girl falls in love with dreamy dude

Step 2: Girl expresses undying love for dude

Step 3: Book ends with dude leaving for whatever reason

Step 4: Book two starts with sad girl

Step 5: New dude sneaks up on sad girl and swoones her with dreaminess

Step 6: Book two ends with dude #1 making dramatic comeback. Uh-oh

Step 7: Book three equals lots of crying, moving from one guy to another, fighting..blah, blah, blah

Step 8: No longer sad girl lives happily ever after with dude #1. Dude #2 ends up sad and alone

Am I the only one who’s completely sick of this?!?

Yeah, yeah, sometimes love triangles are interesting and stuff, but really? Is there no other way to spice up a story?

What is so wrong with two people, not falling in love with other people? It’s really simple.

Let me tell you my two main problems with love triangles:

  • Someone always gets hurt. I hate people getting hurt, even if I don’t like the person getting hurt, and even if said person is fictional. I DON’T LIKE IT.
  • The relationship between the couple ends up being kind of ruined. In love triangles there are often a lot of lying and kissing people behind each other’s backs, and that trust may never be restored.

Then there’s of course the part where you often know exactly who the girl will end up with, which makes the whole triangle a big waste of time. If you absolutely have to write a love triangle, make it really good. The only time a love triangle is fun, is when you honestly have no idea what’s going to happen. It kind of sucks when you like both guys since one will get hurt, but at least there’s some excitement in the whole thing.

What I’m trying to say is this: Love triangles can be important and bring a lot to a story, but please don’t squeeze one in just because you can. I’m getting really tired of it, and if I hear that it’s going to be a love triangle in a book, there’s a huge chance I won’t read it.

End of rant.

Tell me what you think about love triangles. Do you think they’re good or bad? Why? :)

Oh, and here are some awesome books/series without love triangles (as I know of) :)

The Art of WishingGraceling (Graceling Realm, #1)Legend (Legend, #1)

The Scorpio RacesSlammed (Slammed, #1)Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)The Fault in Our StarsDash & Lily's Book of Dares

Of course there are a lot of other great, amazing books out there, both with and without love triangles. I’m just saying that I would truly appreciate it if this pattern would stop for a while.


2 thoughts on “My Thoughts on: Love Triangles

  1. I completely understand what you mean. Although I love the young adult genre, the repetitive themes (especially this one) are drawing me towards other genres.

    I completely loved the Delirium trilogy (which has a love triangle) and when the main character, Lena, chose Alex I wanted to scream.

  2. Exactly exactly exactly! I just read a book (Throne of Glass-I’d give it three mustaches or so) that had a love triangle, and it was awful. It was literally: Boy A is handsome and witty. Boy B is okay. Funny and witty banter with Boy A. Boy B and I talk when we must. Boy A and I totally fall in love. Boy B is sort of my friend. I cannot be with Boy A. Oh, hey Boy B, we can be together, maybe! It sucked.

    Also, CHAOS WALKING! (sorry for shouting it’s just that they’re amazing and Patrick Ness is my favorite author and yes wow amazing)


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